Lewis Hamilton has effectively committed to staying at Mercedes until the end of his career. The triple world champion, already under contract for 2018, disclosed on Thursday that he intended to sign another multi-year deal that would take him beyond his mid-thirties.
The only alternative for Hamilton was a switch to Ferrari, whose fans were chanting “please come” at the gates to the Monza circuit on Thursday, but that option has been closed off by title rival Sebastian Vettel’s decision to remain at Maranello for a further three years.
Instead, the realistic chance of a fourth world title, coupled with the persuasive negotiating skills of team principal Toto Wolff, has convinced Hamilton, who turns 33 in January, that his future prospects would be best served at the Silver Arrows.
“Toto has said we would wait until the end of the season, because that is what I like to do,” he explained.
“There is no rush – I still have another year. Sebastian signing doesn’t change much, because I plan to extend with the team, which I will do at some point in the second half of the season, or towards the end of the year.
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2017/08/31/lewis-hamilton-signals-intention-stay-end-career-mercedes/